Accurate First Time Piano Scales Fingering Chart
Full colour with full size keys left hand right hand. Desk top practice similar motion scales. Notation and key signature. Correct fingering for left and right up and down scales. Major, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Natural Minor.
All Major, Harmonic Minor and Melodic Minor Scales in every key are set out so that full understanding and high-quality learning is possible for all students. This edition also contains Natural Minor scales for A E D B G F# C C# and F.
Full colour and on high grade paper, the left and right fingering patterns are in port and starboard colours to make learning scales not just accurate – but pleasurable. Spiral bound to sit flat on the piano rest or fold back to do desk-top practice. Every keyboard and piano student and teacher will find years of value within the covers of this book.
Why this system of learning scales works:
This pictorial system was devised, trialled and revised over several years by author and piano teacher Ellie Hallett before arriving at the system you see here.
There are three big asks involved in scale playing:
1) remembering the sharps and flats in each key signature;
simultaneously reading the notation while playing;
2) applying the correct fingering to the correct notes treble and bass, sometimes hands separately and sometimes hands together.
Accurate First Time Piano Scales removes, deletes and eliminates the frustrating and time-consuming first two problems.
The student is therefore able to fully concentrate on point 3) – the notes and fingering, thus streamlining the whole learning and memorisation process.
Other advantages with this method include:
Two one-octave images of a real-size piano keyboard for desktop 'playing the page' so the fingers can 'feel the choreography' of each scale.
There are few, if any, time-wasting wrong turns along the way.
Progress is rapid, more confident and less stressful for teachers and students.
The learning and then un-learning of errors practised at home is a non-issue.
The fingers are able to learn the track of each scale much more rapidly because the doubts and hesitations are removed.
Practice time becomes more efficient and musically satisfying.
The brain doesn't get tired!
Scale quality improves because there is time to listen to what is being played.
The outcomes are a happier student, impressed parents - and a thankful teacher.
On the right hand side page of each double spread, the fingering for two hands together is set out with the right-hand side fingers so the right hand finger positions are above and left hand finger positions below. This enables full concentration to be focussed on the actual notes to be played and the fingers that go on those notes, both hands together.
As on a real piano, the descending scale goes from right to left (i.e. backwards), again for easy reading.
For Melodic Minor scales, the reverse version of course requires different notes to be played. This is catered for by having these finger numbers in a pale version and on their new notes to guide the student accurately for the descending journey.
Additional information provided for each scale:
its key signature
one octave notation of the ascending and descending treble and bass notes with fingering
the names of the notes where the thumbs and 3rds come together.